About Licensing Division

The Licensing Division is responsible for administering the law and conducting investigations concerning: 

  • the issuance of the Maryland Handgun Qualification License, 

  • the registration of Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructors,

  • the sale and transfer of regulated firearms and machine guns,

  • the licensing and regulation of Maryland Regulated Firearms Dealers,

  • the commissioning of Special Police and Railroad Police Officers,

  • ​the licensing of Private Detectives, Private Detective Agencies, Security Guards and Security Guard Agencies, 

  • the licensing of Security Systems Technicians and Security Systems Agencies, 

  • the registration of Maryland Law Enforcement K-9 dogs, eavesdropping, wiretapping and electronic listening devices, and

  • the issuance of State of Maryland Handgun Permits and Law Enforcement Officer Safety Act certifications.


Maryland Firearms Statutes

The complete Maryland Code can be accessed by clicking he​re​This valuable resource allows interested parties to view the applicable laws pertaining to licenses, certifications and commissions sought. All applicants should familiarize themselves with the statutes associated with the product sought.​

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